Whacky racing in Cheadle to support the return of the town carnival

WHACKY racing comes to Cheadle this Sunday in the form of a ‘Soapbox Challenge’.

The event has been organised to raise money towards the staging of the town carnival next year.

An enthusiastic band of volunteers have vowed to re-instate the hugely popular Cheadle Carnival in time for summer.

More than 20 teams will put their home-made karts to the test on a 500m-plus course on the edge of town.

The karts will race on Glebe Road and competitors will face tackling a series of obstacles to add to the excitement – proper soapbox derby style!

 Every kart will have to pass a safety check before being allowed to race. Kart must have brakes but no engine or power source – except manpower!

Families will be able to watch the series of races from the safety of the large grassed area which runs alongside Glebe Road.

The first races will start at 1pm and there will be additional attractions to tempt the crowds.

Cheadle Carnival chairman Tim Cliffe said: We kept the venue a secret for a while because we didn’t want to give teams the chance to do a few test runs, we want it to be a fair and fun race on the day.”
There are races for both adult and junior challengers. Prizes will be awarded for best time trial, best looking kart, best driving and top speed.
The site will be open to the public from 12pm.

Pictured: Some of the impressive soapbox karts which will be taking part in Sunday’s races.